Clothes the Loop

The North Face

The North Face is helping to ensure that worn clothes don’t end up in landfills. Its Clothes the Loop program encourages people to drop off unwanted clothing and footwear at THE NORTH FACE RETAIL and OUTLET STORES. Customers who recycle used apparel and footwear (any condition, any brand) at their stores  earn a $10 reward toward the next purchase of $100 or more at The North Face.

The items dropped in the company’s collection bins are sent to a recycling center where they are carefully sorted based on over 400 categories. They are then repurposed for reuse to extend their life or recycled into raw materials for use in products like insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys, and fibers for new clothing.

Clothes the Loop stems from the company’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products at all stages of their life cycle, even those stages out of its direct control. All program proceeds benefit THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE, which funds community-based campaigns to protect shared wilderness and recreation areas.

Since The North Face started Clothes the Loop, people have brought in more than 42,500 pounds of clothing and footwear to The North Face US stores to be recycled and kept out of the landfill. To broaden the impact of Clothes the Loop, in 2016 the company expanded the program to its Retail stores and Outlets in Germany and Canada. Clothes the Loop is now part of STUFFSTR, the app that helps people recirculate items they don’t want anymore.

Keywords: 
reuse - consumer; recycling; takeback; final manufacturing; retail; logistics; service
Metrics: 
Weight and units recovered; Percent recycled